Unfortunately, though, there is a clause in the terms of service that exposes WhatsApp users’ personal information to its parent company Facebook. If WhatsApp goes bust, Facebook will be able to take over the company’s social network and data, giving Facebook a solid foothold in the chat market.
In a recent investigation, Gizmodo found that WhatsApp had changed the default encryption settings on its iOS and Android apps to “standard” levels without notification. While such a move may not mean the end for end-to-end encryption, it also means the end for the ability to break encryption through other means.
Starting With Privacy
Concerned about your WhatsApp data? Here are some things to keep in mind:
Second, never enter your password or account details into an unsolicited email or text message.
And, third, consider using an encrypted messaging application instead. Even if WhatsApp is the end-to-end encryption champion, an unsolicited text message could expose you to many kinds of hacking, fraud, and more.
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This is an updated version of a story originally posted on June 3, 2016.
This article is written by Jeremy D. Jasser, a frequent contributor to VentureBeat. Jeremy is the co-founder and CEO of American Values, a nonprofit organization dedicated to building strong communities through civics education and policy. He is also the founder and president of Jasser and Associates, a Florida-based public affairs consulting firm. Prior to starting American Values, Jeremy served as Director of Policy and Government Affairs at the National Arab American Advisory Council.
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